The school will add College Chemistry in partnership with Southwest State University to its selection of classes that earn students college credit.
The high school will also pilot a new, hands-on class this year in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Students will spend a period per day at the clinic, rotating through various career areas and learning about them.
Students will now have an intervention time built into the schedule for 45 minutes Wednesday mornings to both allow collaboration among teachers and so students can get extra help or enrichment as needed.
Principal: Joel Leer
Expected enrollment: 1,250
The biggest change at Northfield is that all students in grades 6-12 will receive iPads, said Principal Joel Leer. Teachers will integrate iPads into curriculum in stages over the next four years. Two or three of each student’s textbooks will already be in electronic form this year.
To modernize the “borderline prisonlike” lunchroom, aesthetic changes have been made to the food serving and cafeteria areas, Leer said.
Principal: Dave Lund
Expected enrollment: 2,400
School will start a week early this year in the Prior Lake district so it can end early, too, giving them extra construction time next summer. The extra week is necessary because the high school will break ground on a 35,000-square-foot addition by early October. The new space will have nine classrooms, six science labs and three smaller rooms, which will ease the school’s current overcrowding, said Principal Dave Lund. The project will be completed by fall 2014.
The high school will welcome new Assistant Principal Joe Kuboushek this year, previously dean of students at the high school and the middle school.
The district will begin participating in Quality Compensation (Q Comp), a voluntary Minnesota Department of Education program that pays teachers for improving student achievement and provides staff development opportunities. Q Comp provides the district with additional funds to hire teachers to mentor other teachers, among other things.